Nokia 515 Review: Time Machine: Loudspeaker, Audio Quality

By 03:38 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Loudspeaker is decent

The Nokia 515 relies on a single speakerphone that's located on the back. Nokia feature phone have always boasted excellent speakers and the 515 is no exception. In our dedicated loudspeaker test it managed a Good score.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Sony Xperia Z60.1 58.361.6Below Average

Apple iPhone 566.866.167.7Below Average

Nokia Lumia 92061.6 64.865.8Below Average

Nokia 51566.3 66.677.2Good

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini66.3 64.875.1Average

HTC One69.3 66.675.9Good

Samsung I9505 Galaxy S470.6 66.277.3Good

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active72.7 66.678.1Good

LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

This means you'll be able to hear the Nokia 515 ring even if you're in a loud environment. Its ringing sound will acquire to you even if you've been covered it with a pile of stuff or put it in a large purse.

Good audio quality

With no resistance applied to its line-out (when used with an active external amplifier), the Nokia 515 does decently well, achieving some fine scores and garnishing them with about average volume levels.

Plugging in a pair of headphones leads to a rather large spike in intermodulation distortion and a moderate one in stereo crosstalk as well as a rather gigantic drop in volume levels. Overall, the low-standing 515 does well, but it won't acquire any audiophiles excited.

And here come the full results so you can see for yourselves:

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Nokia 515+0.10, -0.39-87.988.20.023


Nokia 515 (headphones attached)+0.57, -0.61-


Nokia Asha 501+0.21, -0.27-80.481.40.034


Nokia Asha 501 (headphones attached)+0.79, -0.33-80.681.60.034


Nokia Lumia 520+0.16, -0.10-82.382.70.0094


Nokia Lumia 520 (headphones attached)+0.40, -0.14-82.382.70.014


Samsung Galaxy Young+0.72, -0.82-91.491.50.022


Samsung Galaxy Young (headphones attached)+0.42, -0.02-89.389.60.0200.201-59.2

Samsung Galaxy Fame+0.11, -1.11-87.888.90.0033


Samsung Galaxy Fame (headphones attached)+0.15, -0.96-87.688.80.0640.160-48.4

Nokia 515 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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